Goal by goal

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Justin Dyson ’15 is ready for new managerial role & entrepreneurial challenges

Communication is the key to most problem solving. Justin Dyson ’15 learned the value of gaining strong communication skills while earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Bryan School of Business and Economics. He just recently graduated, but already it’s paid off.

“The finance knowledge has been extremely important,” Justin says. “I communicate much more effectively with our chief financial officer because of concepts I learned. I’m not an accountant, but the CFO and I speak the same language now.”

Coursework in statistics enabled Justin to analyze data more effectively and then create sophisticated reports that explain the information to colleagues in an easily understandable way. “The management information I’ve learned has been very helpful in learning to deal with difficult employees and knowing how to motivate them more effectively,” he adds. “At the same time, my professional writing has improved. I know what data my colleagues need to see and how best to present it.”

Justin is a striver—the kind of guy who sets goals for himself, meets those goals and then sets even higher ones. Armed with his degree, Justin now is poised to reach his next targets: taking on a director-level role in facilities management or operations and, in his spare time, launching an entrepreneurial venture

Bryan School Graduate Justin DysonJustin, who is assistant director of facilities for Davie County Schools in Mocksville, North Carolina, started out splitting his time between completing general maintenance work and delivering food to various cafeterias in that same school system. Justin wanted more for himself and his family (he and his wife, Heather, have one young son and another child on the way) so he went to community college to learn air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology and then he earned an electrical contracting license. Next up was an associate’s degree in business administration through an applied science degree program.

“I like to have milestones along the way. So, the first goal was the associate’s degree and then the bachelor’s degree,” Justin says. When deciding where to earn that bachelor’s, he wanted a school that offered flexibility and, always thinking ahead to next steps in his career, one that was both academically rigorous and nationally recognized. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was an ideal fit.

Justin’s job in facilities management already had given him experience supervising a staff, planning/managing projects and budgeting/purchasing for ongoing operations and capital projects. He looked to UNCG to give him a broad ability to problem solve and, specifically, to build his finance and management skills. The Bryan School, he says, delivered.

Bachelor’s degree in hand, Justin now is ready to move up the next rung of the ladder and hopes to do so quickly. Of course, he has other goals, as well. Already a lifelong learner who was inducted into the Bryan School’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma for his academic achievement, Justin says he is likely to return to school once again to earn an MBA, but right now he is considering a more entrepreneurial venture. For several years, he has helped his father, a master beekeeper, operate a commercial honeybee business that sells bees to hobbyist beekeepers, building a reputation for the education, support and service it provides to customers.

“I’ve learned in school you have to add value to your product and we add value in order to differentiate ourselves from the competition. This is how we’ve been successful,” Justin says. “I’ve helped my dad expand that business over the past four years, and I’m considering my options, whether to form a partnership with his business or start my own venture.”

 

Article by Julie Palm

Photographs by Mynda Bullock

 

Dream Deferred No More

Dream Deferred No More

Bryan School Graduate Leigh Donadieu

Twenty years ago, Leigh Donadieu ’15 postponed her dream of a business degree. At the Bryan School, she brought that dream home.

The first time Leigh Donadieu ’15 set out to earn a bachelor’s degree, her plans were derailed. She was well into a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University when congenital spine defects led to a series of reconstructive surgeries—and a tough decision to leave school.

With an associate’s degree in hand and a bachelor’s degree deferred, Leigh never lost her desire to complete her formal education. For two decades, she’s enjoyed a successful career, holding key sales and marketing positions for category-leading consumer brands, media enterprises and retailers. Still, Leigh was eager to take on the next great professional opportunity that presented itself. She had a nagging feeling, however, that some of the most ideal positions might be out of reach because she lacked a bachelor’s degree.

“The reality is that in today’s business environment—coming out of the recession with a still-struggling economy and the sheer size of the available talent pool—it’s more important than ever for any professional to have the strength, power and validity of a strong degree from a respected educational institution behind them,” she says.

In 2009, she enrolled in an online-only institution, though says she decided quickly that “it was not the best investment for my education and career in the long run.”

Bryan School Graduate Leigh DonadieuWhen a promotion at Electrolux came with a relocation to Charlotte in 2012, Leigh was introduced to the University of North Carolina system and began making plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration—finally.

“I briefly looked into other schools in the UNC system, but I chose to apply only to UNCG based on what I’d learned about the strength of the reputation of the school and its programs. After the 12 months required for residency in North Carolina (almost to the day, in fact!), I applied to UNCG so I could continue the pursuit of my dream to finish my degree at a highly regarded institution,” she says.

For professionals like Leigh who return to school full time, the ability to find creative, effective ways to meet new challenges—a central mission of the Bryan School—is honed not just through specific courses, but via the educational process itself.

“Because of my schedule and other commitments, the entire process of earning my degree at the Bryan School has been the ultimate problem-solving task,” Leigh says. “Many of my friends and colleagues ask, ‘How can you go work and go to school?’ My life is a prime example of solving problems every day to meet my overall goals. I admit it’s been tiring, stressful and difficult sometimes, but knowing how this degree will benefit me always put the wind in my sails.”

Driven and ambitious, Leigh is now a senior account manager of buying groups for Electrolux Major Appliances in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her Bryan School education has had timely, practical applications in countless ways.

“Every day, my job is to sell appliances to my customers and then help them market and sell those appliances so they can achieve greater profitability. It’s very sales and marketing oriented,” she says. “My Bryan School coursework has given me a greater depth of knowledge in finance, forecast planning, organization behavior—concepts large and small—that help me interact more effectively with my customers and even more so with my internal colleagues cross-functionally.”

Earning her bachelor’s degree is more than a dream realized; it is a tremendous boost for Leigh as she positions herself both for promotion and for making meaningful contributions through her career.

 

Article by Julie A. Palm

Photographs by Mynda Bullock

 

I love those Eureka moments

I love those Eureka moments

Lisa McHenry

When Lisa McHenry ’97 and her co-workers were laid off from their jobs at a church conference center in 2007 following a change in the facility’s ownership, Lisa knew she wanted to find another job that would allow her to make a difference in people’s lives. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she thought, would be perfect. “I became who I am here,” says Lisa, who earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in communications from the university. “I liked the idea of working with students and being able to give back.”

UNCG did not have an opening that was right for her at the time, so Lisa went to work at a law firm, still keeping her eye on UNCG’s job listings. Less than a year later, Lisa saw an opening that seemed ideal: The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) sought an administrative support associate. It has, indeed, turned out to be a perfect fit: This year, Lisa was honored with the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award.

In her role, Lisa has a broad array of marketing and communications responsibilities that include everything from keeping the department’s website and social media sites up to date to creating promotional materials. She also serves as the department’s graduate secretary, providing program, policy and procedural information to students and prospective students; processing graduate program application materials; and providing customer service to visitors and callers. Ever-curious, Lisa is eager to learn new ways of doing her job better, whether that means going back to school to earn a certificate in web design or combing through the latest Campus Weekly to discover other UNCG programs and services that could benefit CARS students. “I’m always striving to learn new things,” she says. “I love solving puzzles and finding solutions to problems—those ‘Eureka!’ moments. The days filled with ‘Eureka!’ moments are the best.”

Working with talented, driven CARS students is a particular joy for Lisa. “Many of these students are following a dream. They are passionate about what they’re doing,” she says. “It’s exciting to watch them grow as they develop their skills, both creatively and in terms of their business acumen.”

On a typical day—particularly during the fall semester—a large chunk of Lisa’s time is devoted to helping a steady stream of those students with questions and problems both large and small. One student might need a Band-Aid after cutting a hand in the design lab; the next might need advice about taking a short leave of absence after a death in the family.

“I spend much of my day problem solving for students,” Lisa says. “In college, they are encountering many things on their own for the first time. They don’t always know where to go or what to do if they have a problem. I remember how that feels as a student. My goal is to empower them to learn to handle things themselves. I may point them in the right direction or walk them through a process. I try to be an advocate, while helping them learn to navigate on their own.”

In nominating Lisa for the excellence award, Rachel Wilson ’15, then-president of the student-run CARS organization THREADS, highlighted Lisa’s skills at gently helping students develop their own problem-solving abilities: “I first met Lisa about three years ago under unfortunate circumstances. I was trying to register for classes and it was so confusing that I’d done it wrong. With no clue how to get my classes correct and having just been told I would be at UNCG for an additional year, I went outside, sat down and cried. I cried for a while before (Lisa) sat down next to me and asked me what was wrong, not even knowing I was a CARS student. Lisa took me to the CARS office and personally helped me get my classes sorted out and assured me that I was not a failure, that I just needed a little help. That is the sort of thing that Lisa does every day. Not because she has to, but because she has such a big heart.”

By Julie A. Palm

Photo by Martin Kane, UNCG Photographer

UNCG’s IT is for Girls Summer Camp in the news

Dr. Valerie Leschber of Cone Health learns something at the Bryan School’s IT is for Girls Camp.

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Three faculty named Coleman Fellows to advance entrepreneurship education efforts

GREENSBORO (June 22, 2015) — For the sixth year in a row, Dr. Dianne Welsh, director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at UNCG, has received a Coleman Foundation grant to name three new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and 12 Veteran Entrepreneurship Fellows.

The UNCG professors are named Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and will receive grant funding to help them create a new entrepreneurship course or revise an existing course to include Entrepreneurship.

The new Coleman Fellows are:

• Keith G. Debbage, professor of geography. He will revise an urban planning course to include entrepreneurship.
• Janice I. Wassel, associate professor of gerontology. She will revise a course in silver industries (businesses that serve older adults) to include entrepreneurship.
• Bonnie Yarborough, adjunct lecturer in English. She will revise the Writing in the Professions course to include entrepreneurship when applying communications strategies in the workplace.

The fellows are each awarded $4,000, to support their entrepreneurship-focused teaching efforts. All fellows have doctoral degrees.

UNCG is one of 19 universities nationally to receive funding for the program from the Chicago-based Coleman Foundation. The Coleman Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship program since it started awarding grants at UNCG.

“The Coleman Fellows program has been instrumental in helping UNCG develop a cross-disciplinary environment of entrepreneurship in the classroom and through various extracurricular activities,” Welsh said. “The Coleman grant helps faculty expose students to entrepreneurial ideas and teach them about self-employment and entrepreneurship.”

The academic entrepreneurship program has won six national and international awards, including the Best Emerging Program in the United States by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Freedoms Foundation Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education.

In addition to the new Coleman Fellows, several faculty members were also named Coleman Veteran Fellows. Veteran Fellows are those who have been named Coleman Fellows previously. As fellows, have access to a national network of other Coleman Fellows and resources, such as opportunities to attend conferences. They also receive $2,000 that can be used for entrepreneurship education and serve as members of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Council at UNCG.

The Veteran Fellows are:

• Stoel Burrowes, assistant professor of interior architecture
• Bonnie Canziani, associate professor of hospitality and tourism
• Steve Cramer, business librarian and associate director of the Coleman program at UNCG
• Duane Cyrus, associate professor of dance
• Donna Duffy, assistant professor of kinesiology
• Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
• David Holley, professor of music
• Bill Johnson, student success coordinator in the School of Health & Human Sciences
• Sharon Morrison, associate professor of public health education
• Cedric Pearce, adjunct professor of chemistry
• Chris Thomas, lecturer in art
• Dianne Welsh, professor of entrepreneurship
• Jennifer Yurchisin, associate professor of consumer apparel and retail studies

For information on the entrepreneurship program, visit http://entrepreneurship.uncg.edu.

About UNCG
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a high-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is the most diverse university in the state with 18,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 82 undergraduate, 63 master’s and 28 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in education, health and wellness, the performing arts, business and the arts and sciences, among others. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu.

22nd Annual Bryan School Alumni Golf Tournament

22nd Annual Bryan School Alumni Golf Tournament

22nd Annual Bryan School Alumni Golf Tournament The Champions Course at Bryan Park October 10, 2015 Check In Begins: 7:30 am Shotgun Start: 9:00am The Bryan School Alumni Association is hosting its 22nd annual Bryan Alumni Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament this fall. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship and the mission of the Bryan School Alumni Association to serve the UNCG and Triad community, grow the network of Bryan Alumni and raise funds for the Bryan School. Please consider partnering with us through a corporate or personal sponsorship or prize donation. About the Scholarship Established in 2009, the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship supports students who have strong academic standing and great leadership potential. The Alumni Association is proud to make this commitment to Bryan School students, especially to those who have unlimited potential but limited means. Sponsorships: Single Player Entry: $100 (Register before August 10th for $85) Silver $200: Hole Sponsorship Signage Gold $400: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 2 Player Entries Platinum $600: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 4 Player Entries Prize Donations: (same benefits as sponsorships) Longest Drive: 1 prize needed Closest to the Pin: 1 prize needed Winning teams in two flights: 2 sets of 4 matching prizes Raffle Prizes For sponsorships or registration, go to bae.uncg.edu/golf or contact Brent Forsythe at (336) 256-0376; baforsyt@uncg.edu

The Champions Course at Bryan Park

October 10, 2015
Check In Begins: 7:30 am
Shotgun Start:  9:00am

The Bryan School Alumni Association is hosting its 22nd annual Bryan Alumni Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament this fall.  Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship and the mission of the Bryan School Alumni Association to serve the UNCG and Triad community, grow the network of Bryan Alumni and raise funds for the Bryan School. Please consider partnering with us through a corporate or personal sponsorship or prize donation.

About the Scholarship

Established in 2009, the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship supports students who have strong academic standing and great leadership potential. The Alumni Association is proud to make  this commitment to Bryan School students, especially to those  who have unlimited potential but limited means.

Sponsorships:

Single Player Entry: $100 (Register before August 10th for $85)
Silver $200: Hole Sponsorship Signage
Gold $400: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 2 Player Entries
Platinum $600: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 4 Player Entries

Prize Donations: (same benefits as sponsorships)

Longest Drive: 1 prize needed
Closest to the Pin:  1 prize needed
Winning teams in two flights: 2 sets of 4 matching prizes
Raffle Prizes

For sponsorships or registration, go to bae.uncg.edu/golf                                 

or contact Brent Forsythe at (336) 256-0376; baforsyt@uncg.edu

Betty C. Brooks BS ’52 Receives Inaugural Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Betty C. Brooks BS ’52 Receives Inaugural Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Betty Brooks

After earning a BS degree in secretarial administration from UNCG, followed by an MA in Public Administration from NC State, Betty Conley Brooks spent her life in public service.  During her thirty years with the State of North Carolina Personnel Office, Betty played key roles in statistical analysis, vocational testing, policy development and administration.  Upon her retirement and relocation to Florida, she began a new “career” as a volunteer with her local civic association, serving on the board and organizing estate sales to help elderly residents downsize and move to assisted living facilities.  These sales raised over $1 million for the association during her tenure.  In 2013, combining her love of community and passion for education, Betty was the lead donor to her local community foundation for a capital project to provide office space and a network education center for non-profit organizations serving the underprivileged.

Betty has been an extraordinary philanthropist to UNCG.  She and her late husband, Charles, established a fellowship fund to support graduate students in economics.  In addition, she established gift plans that will supplement the fellowship fund, create an endowment for student leadership activities, and establish an endowed professorship in economics.  In all of her philanthropic activities, Betty strives not only to make a difference, but to inspire others to offer their support as well.

Andrew Mehalko BS ’87 Named 2015 Bryan School Distinguished Alumnus

Andrew Mehalko BS ’87 Named 2015 Bryan School Distinguished Alumnus

(From left: Immediate Past Recipient, David Jolley MA '76; Andrew Mehalko '87; Dean Mac Banks)

As the founder and chief investment officer of AM Global Family Investment Office headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, Andrew Mehalko was recently recognized as the “Best Newcomer” in the private wealth industry by Private Asset Management Magazine in 2014. Prior to founding AM Global in 2012, Andrew served as chief investment officer of GenSpring Family Offices. Under his leadership, GenSpring grew from $450 million of assets under advisement to over $20 billion, and was the #1 ranked registered investment advisor by Forbes, Investment News, and Financial Planning Magazine.

An accomplished soccer player and one of the all-time leading scorers in UNCG history, Andrew was inducted into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame, both individually and as a member of the 1985, 1986 and 1987 National Championship teams. He serves on the UNCG Investment Committee and is an active philanthropist benefitting student athletes, the soccer program and business students.

(Pictured above, from left: Immediate Past Recipient, David Jolley MA ’76; Andrew Mehalko ’87; Dean Mac Banks)

Read Andrew Mehalko’s speech here.

Alumnus Kirk Galiani and brother John continue to grow the fitness industry

Alumnus Kirk Galiani and brother John continue to grow the fitness industry

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Alumnus Kirk Galiani, Finance ’87, featured in CBI, the world’s leading magazine for the health and fitness industry.  Galiani is Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of US Fitness Holdings, LLC, which includes Sport & Health, Onelife Fitness, and Crunch Fitness brands.

You probably have already read about Galiani in the Washington Business Journal or Club Industry, but the brothers are back at it again.

Read the most recent article from the Club Business International magazine.

Bryan School maintains prestigious AACSB accreditations

Bryan School maintains prestigious AACSB accreditations

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The Bryan School of Business and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International, which puts the Bryan School among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world.

 

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